Devin Townsend - Z²

7.7 | 234 votes |
Release date: 27 October 2014
Style: Progressive metal


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Disc I [Sky Blue]
01. Rejoice
02. Fallout
03. Midnight Sun
04. A New Reign
05. Universal Flame
06. Warrior
07. Sky Blue
08. Silent Militia
09. Rain City
10. Forever
11. Before We Die
12. The Ones Who Love

Disc II [Dark Matters]
02. From Sleep Awake
03. Ziltoidian Empire
04. War Princess
05. Deathray
06. March Of The Poozers
07. Wandering Eye
08. Earth
09. Ziltoid Goes Home
10. Through The Wormhole
11. Dimension Z

Disc III [Dark Matters - Raw]
02. From Sleep Awake
03. Ziltoidian Empire
04. War Princess
05. Deathray
06. March Of The Poozers
07. Wandering Eye
08. Earth
09. Ziltoid Goes Home
10. Dimension Z

The Best Progressive Metal Album Of 2014

Devin Garret Townsend - vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming
Anneke Van Giersbergen - vocals
Dave Young - guitars, keyboards
Ryan Van Poederooyen - drums
Brian "Beav" Waddell - bass
Mike St-Jean - keyboards, synthesizers, programming

Additional musicians
Christopher Keith "Chris Jericho" Irvine - vocals
Dominique Lenore Persi - vocals
Bill Courage - narration
Morgan Ågren - additional drums, additional percussion
Mark Cimino - voice
Chris Devitt - vocals
Kat Epple - flute

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

American symphony:
Violin: Lisa McNiven, Emily Rust, Ariel Loveland, Juliann Eldridge.
Cello: David Clay, Michael Rollins.
Double bass: Daniel Rust.
Trumpet: Eric Slaugh, Greg Sills.
Trombone: Jonathan Allred, Zach Caine.
Baritone trombone: Tom Francis.
French Horn: David Jones.

Additional info
Produced by Devin Townsend.

Additional character vocals by Eric Severinson, Marina Bennet, Maria Werner, Jazz-A-Fire, Sheldon Zaharko, Adyson King.
Backing vocals by the Universal Choir. (see for the names of the participants)
Additional backing vocals by the audience of Utrecht Tivoli, August 5th 2014.

Tigers In A Tank Choir: Eric Severinson, Marina Bennet, Eric Wettstsin, Jaclyn Guillou, Jennifer Katchur Uvence, Nick Andrew Sommer, Jocelyn Crandell, Tiffany Oakes, Juhli Conlinn, Cassandra Bangel, Nicolas Bermudez.

Choirs orchestrated and conducted by Eric Severinson. Orchestra orchestrated by Florian Magnus Maler.

Staff review by
Uh oh, Apothecary is reviewing a prog album. Hold onto your undergarments, ladies and gentlemen, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

published 22.10.2014 | Comments (31)

Guest review by
I could go into reviewing the music of Devin Townsend's latest opus, the double-album Z2, but there is something nagging at me about the Ziltoid The Omniscient follow-up, Dark Matters, and its disc one companion, Sky Blue from the Devin Townsend Project.

published 06.12.2014 | Comments (4)

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05.01.2015 - 11:34
Joe Zombie
Hmm. 7.9? I think the rating here is criminal, but thats me. I love this album (both discs) and have listened to it almost daily since its release. Sky Blue is the victor however Dark Matters is an excellent follow-up to Ziltoid.
27.02.2016 - 00:20
Rating: 7
Doge of Venice
Sky Blue grows on me each listen, but some songs annoy me. Rejoice and Silent Militia, mainly. I still like Rejoice, sometimes, but i just can't be bothered listening to it whenever i put the album on. Might upgrade overall rating to 8
31.07.2016 - 00:40
Rating: 8
Went back to Sky Blue again today, I honestly think it might be my favourite Devin disc - I've always found his music enjoyable but flawed, but even thought SB drops off in the second half, it has a really solid mix of his zaniness, poppy tendencies, lush atmospheres and more and I think it works well

Unfortunately I struggled to find the energy to care all that much to Dark Matters

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